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New Year’s Resolution – Volunteer More in 2015


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Is one of your New Year’s Resolutions to Volunteer More in 2015?

Well — LUM wants to help you achieve that goal. There are a number of opportunities for you, your family and your friends to get engaged with LUM now.



Immediate Openings — LUM Volunteer Needs

  • Tax Assistance Program
  • Emergency Shelter Coordinators
  • LUM Camp Counselors
  • Food Pantry—Data Entry Volunteers
  • Volunteer Receptionists

Please scroll down and read more details about all of these incredible opportunities to serve LUM and your community.

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VOLUNTEER — LUM TAX ASSISTANCE PROGRAM


2013-07-11 MarilynZerbes 022 (2)Ever thought about volunteering to help people with their tax returns? Don’t know that much about taxes? Don’t worry — you’ll get specialized training or you can choose a volunteer role that doesn’t require tax law certification. The LUM Volunteer Tax Assistance Program offers flexible hours, the training is free and the time commitment is up to you.
The Last year, 52 volunteers prepared close to 1,500 returns for LUM clients, returning more than $4 million to those households. Choose your LUM tax volunteer role – and get a chance to touch many lives. If you’re interested or need more information, please call or email Sandra Dunn-El (765.423.2691 | sdunn-el@lumserve.org).

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LUM SHELTER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES


2013-02-05 LUM Emergency Shelter 006 (2)The LUM Emergency Homeless Shelter needs volunteers 365 nights a year. Currently there are openings for Weekend Coordinators and Overnight Shelter Volunteers.

  • Weekend Coordinators – Responsible for managing the LUM overnight shelter one or more Friday or Saturday nights a month from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m.; sleep from 11 p.m. – 6 a.m. provided no emergencies occur. Weekend Coordinators supervise shelter guests and volunteers; and are fully trained prior to first shift.
  • Overnight Shelter Volunteers – Duties include assist coordinator in checking in guests & serving meals, stay on site all evening (8:15 p.m. to 7 a.m.), and take a shift on “awake” duty. Must be able to maintain confidentiality and interact with a variety of people.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and attend one Shelter Training Session which are offered twice a month. The next two Training Sessions are scheduled for Thursday, January 16 & Monday, January 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center (525 N. 4th Street, Lafayette). No need to register. Click HERE for more information on the positions and for the 2015 Shelter Training schedule.

If you’re interested or need more information, please call or email Joyce Fasani (765.423.2691 | jfasani@lumserve.org).

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LUM VOLUNTEER CAMP COUNSELORS NEEDED


2012-08-01 LUM Camp 005 (2)Would you, or someone you know, make a good LUM Camp Counselor?
LUM Camp Counselors – First Call! It may be freezing outside with snow flurries — But in 27 short weeks, it’s time for LUM Camp 2015!
LUM Camp is a week-long, overnight camp program for low-income children from 8 to 10 years old. Volunteer camp counselors must be 18 years old, enjoy working with children and be able to spend the entire week at LUM Camp from 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 27 to 4:00 p.m. on Friday, July 31. Committed volunteer camp counselors are at the heart of a successful LUM Camp and play an important role with our LUM campers.
Close to 60 volunteer counselors and activity leaders guide the campers through a week filled with new experiences including swimming, hiking and crafts. LUM Camp Counselors instill confidence, rejoice in the accomplishments of campers, help nurture self-esteem, and support each camper throughout the wonderful week that is LUM Camp.
A comfy bunk in a rustic cabin is reserved just for you! All you need is the availability and willingness to have a fun week this summer with a great group of campers. Why not make this year the year you say “yes” to becoming a LUM Camp Counselor? For additional information, click HERE.

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FOOD PANTRY DATA ENTRY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED


2013-04-25 RexFuller 001 (2)The St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry Data Entry volunteer welcomes clients to the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry, verifies their household information on LUM’s client database, and determines if they qualify for assistance. Clients are then served by the counter volunteers. The St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry is located in St. John’s Episcopal Church at 6th and Ferry Streets. The pantry is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday mornings from 8:45 to 11:45 a.m.—and Saturdays from 1 t0 3 p.m.
The Data Entry volunteer must be knowledgeable of basic computer operation and database concepts. As special training is required, a long term commitment is desired. Interested persons should please email or call Linda Hicks (lhicks@lumserve.org | 765-423-2691).

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VOLUNTEER RECEPTIONIST NEEDED


131023 Jubilee RegistrationVolunteer Receptionist needed each afternoon from 12:45 to 4:30 p.m. — and some mornings.
Volunteer Receptionists greet guests, answer phones and complete general clerical duties in the main office of Lafayette Urban Ministry (420 N. 4th Street, Lafayette).
If you are interested or need more information, please call or email Sylvia Mohler (765.423.2691 or smohler@lumserve.org).

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Wind Chill Impact on LUM Emergency Shelter

Winter Has Arrived!

2015-01-06 WinterBusShuttle 002 (2)Lafayette Urban Ministry has a shelter protocol for severely cold and snowy weather. In collaboration with the City of Lafayette and Mental Health America, LUM will provide bus transportation from the MHA day shelter to the LUM emergency shelter on evenings with dangerous wind-chill temperatures.

Due to severe weather conditions this week buses were available to transport guests to the LUM shelter in the evening and back to the day shelter in the early morning.


During the winter months if in the unlikely situation where the LUM shelter reaches capacity there are 2015-01-06 WinterBusShuttle 014 (2)plans to guarantee that all homeless individuals will have safe place to sleep during the overnight hours. The overflow sites will be located within a three block walk of the LUM shelter at downtown churches or the LUM office (420 N 4th Street, Lafayette).

So far everyone needing the shelter has been accommodated.


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Special thanks to ALL of our LUM shelter volunteers especially our bus drivers. Pictured above are Clarinda Crawford and Ernie Haupt, two of this week’s bus drivers.


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Offer Ends THIS Sunday — DMC Doubles Donations to LUM


Double Your Donation to LUM!



Denver Mattress Pledges a Dollar for Every Dollar Donated to Lafayette Urban Ministry and 68 Other Rescue Missions Across the U.S.


You ONLY have until Sunday (midnight) to take advantage of this incredible opportunity to DOUBLE your DONATION to the LUM emergency shelter. During the entire month of November, Denver Mattress Co. has agreed to match all gifts to the Lafayette Urban Ministry emergency shelter up to $2,500.

To DOUBLE your IMPACT — it’s simple:

  1. Go to www.denvermattresshelps.com/lafayette
  2. Click “Donate Now”
  3. Make a Donation
  4. DMC matches your donation dollar for dollar

Please take advantage of this opportunity to double your donation to the LUM emergency shelter NOW. No purchase necessary. Click HERE to participate in this DMC gift-matching program.


Denver Mattress Co., LLC (DMC) is pleased to announce the continuation of their annual charity partnership with Lafayette Urban Ministry as together they continue to help those in need during the holidays.

DMC will match every dollar that is donated to LUM and 68 other missions across 29 states from November 1st until the 30th. LUM is able to receive up to $2,500 from DMC to help support their overall efforts. DMC’s total matching donation is capped at $150,000. LUM will be able to use the donations for the specific needs in our community for necessities such as food, warm clothing, shelter, or assistance.

Past year’s efforts yielded $132,753 in local community support, which was matched to the full $150,000 by DMC. To participate in the DMC matching gift program – click here: http://www.denvermattresshelps.com/lafayette


For more information on the Denver Mattress Matching Gift Program for the LUM Shelter, please call or email Joe Micon (765-423-2691jmicon@lafayetteurbanministry.org).

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Special Thank You to the Denver Mattress Co.!


Read the LUM post: “LUM Shelter for the Homeless” to Learn more about the LUM emergency homeless Shelter.



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LUM Board and Mayor Discuss Homeless Services

mayorroswarskiThe Lafayette Urban Ministry Board of Directors was pleased to welcome Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski to its November meeting for the purpose of discussing issues related to services to the homeless in Lafayette. In particular, the LUM board was interested in learning more about the city’s planned engagement center for the homeless so that LUM will be better prepared to coordinate services on behalf of our homeless shelter guests and case management clients.

Since its opening in 1984, the LUM emergency shelter has served 10,000 different homeless individuals who have been our guests a combined total of 200,000 times. In 2013, LUM served 636 guests who stayed with us, on average, 18 nights each.

The mission of the LUM emergency shelter is to help homeless individuals move off the street into our shelter, then out of our shelter into a more self-sufficient living arrangement. LUM accomplishes this through professional case management services that last year served 315 of our 636 guests. In 2013, 1,460 volunteers served overnight at the LUM emergency shelter.

Mayor Roswarski thanked LUM for being such a valuable partner with the city in helping to improve the lives of those in our community who have no permanent place to stay.

When asked about the specific services that would be offered in the new engagement center, the mayor said “It depends if it would be family housing, if it would be something for veterans, maybe it’s permanent supportive housing for people who are mentally ill, so you’d have to look at the funding sources that are legally allowed to be used for those types of activities.” The mayor said a location for the engagement center has not been decided on or even if the engagement center will have a location, saying it is possible the engagement center could be more of a “process.” He believes it will take several years before the center is up and running.

Mayor Roswarski told the LUM board that his hope is that the services offered through the new engagement center would have the result of lowering the numbers of homeless individuals in our community needing to rely upon LUM for emergency shelter and case management services.

He also shared that the engagement center would not duplicate services to the homeless that are already in place and working well.

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The Lafayette Urban Ministry Board of Directors is comprised of one representative from each of our 42 member churches. Several of those churches are represented by their pastor while others send lay leadership.

The shelter is but one of 16 different service programs offered by LUM.

Those programs include the Good Samaritan Fund, St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry, Tax Preparation Services, LUM Legal Immigration Clinic, Jubilee Christmas, Community Thanksgiving Celebration, Asset Building Classes, and a full offering of youth services such as the LUM After School Program, 5th Quarter Summer Learning Retention Program, LUM Summer Camp and the Achieve Stay-in School Program for at risk junior and senior high school students.



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Denver Mattress – Doubles Donations to LUM


Double Your Donation to LUM!



Denver Mattress Pledges a Dollar for Every Dollar Donated to Lafayette Urban Ministry and 68 Other Rescue Missions Across the U.S.


During the month of November 2014, the Denver Mattress Co. has agreed to match all gifts to the Lafayette Urban Ministry shelter up to $2,500. No purchase necessary.

To participate in this match opportunity you must donate online through the Denver Mattress website.


Denver Mattress Co., LLC (DMC) is pleased to announce the continuation of their annual charity partnership with Lafayette Urban Ministry as together they continue to help those in need during the holidays.

DMC will match every dollar that is donated to LUM and 68 other missions across 29 states from November 1st until the 30th. LUM is able to receive up to $2,500 from DMC to help support their overall efforts. DMC’s total matching donation is capped at $150,000. LUM will be able to use the donations for the specific needs in our community for necessities such as food, warm clothing, shelter, or assistance.

Past year’s efforts yielded $132,753 in local community support, which was matched to the full $150,000 by DMC. To participate in the DMC matching gift program – click here: http://www.denvermattresshelps.com/lafayette


For more information on the Denver Mattress Matching Gift Program for the LUM Shelter, please call or email Joe Micon (765-423-2691jmicon@lafayetteurbanministry.org).

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Special Thank You to the Denver Mattress Co.!


Read the LUM post: “LUM Shelter for the Homeless” to Learn more about the LUM emergency homeless Shelter.



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Free Haircut – Reflections from a LUM Volunteer


Free Haircut Day at LUM


Today, as I sit at the front desk, I can see and hear some small miracles going on in the hallway.

A woman has come to give free haircuts. We have had eight 2013-02-21 LUM haircuts 008 (2)men so far, who have come in looking the very best they can in their circumstances, and leave with a brand new look.

They touch their hair and lift up their heads. When I tell them how good they look, they smile broadly. They have already ducked into the restroom to take a look, and they know they look good.

However, this is less a ministry of haircutting and hygiene, and much more a ministry of touch, of kindness, of normalcy, of conversation, of humanity. I hear the voices down in that hall. They are calm and stress-free.

Someone is touching those men, standing close to them as people who work on hair do. I wonder when that has happened last for them. There is a little bit of laughter now then; the seriousness of their day relieved for 20 minutes. They are doing what most of us do; this is one of those every-day-life sorts of things that we say is necessary and makes us feel good. Twenty minutes of normalcy.

The woman speaks with interest in their lives, and she always ends by saying she will pray for them. That is what is going on down the hall. I am so blessed to be here to see it.


Donna Enersen
volunteer receptionist
September 11, 2014

 



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30th Anniversary of the LUM Shelter


September 2014




Dear Friend,

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the opening of the Lafayette Urban Ministry Emergency Shelter for the homeless.  Started as a joint effort between St. Thomas Aquinas Center and LUM, the shelter’s first location was on the second floor of the old Reifer Parsonage at Central Presbyterian Church.  We started with seven beds.

St. Thomas Aquinas Center
St. Thomas Aquinas Center

In 1987 we moved to the old Franciscan Convent at St. Boniface Church – 22 beds. And in 1995 we moved into the shelter’s current 42 bed location on North Fourth Street in downtown Lafayette.

For each of those years, our shelter has been a place of warmth and safety for those in our community who have nowhere else to turn – a place whose doors are always open.

First LUM Shelter (1984-1987)
First LUM Shelter (1984-1987)

And since 1984, more than 10,000 different individuals have been our guests at the shelter a combined total of 200,000 times!

Some of those guests have lost their jobs and been evicted from their homes. Some are estranged from family because of mental illness or addiction.  Others have been temporarily stranded in our community due to breakdowns or mishaps during travel.

Each is valued in God’s eyes.  And at LUM, each is extended Christ’s hospitality and compassion.

But over the years, we have become more than just a well-run emergency shelter. Our primary focus is to help the homeless move off the street, out of our shelter and into a home of their own.  We have helped literally thousands of homeless men and women to make a fresh start.

  • Like the woman who was dumped by her abusive boyfriend into a snow bank in our parking lot. We provided her a safe place that night and in the morning a bus ticket to return home to her parents.
  • Or the homeless vet who stayed with us while he was being connected to VA health services and enrolled as a resident at the Indiana Veterans Home.
  • Or the twenty guests each week that receive job coaching at LUM. A full one-third of our homeless guests are employed, staying with us until their first paycheck arrives and they can move into a home of their own.
  • Or the Purdue PhD graduate whose mental illness worsened after she lost her university-sponsored mental health care and prescription drug benefits.  She stayed at the LUM shelter until we were able to connect her with a new psychiatrist and therapist.  She found a job and moved into an apartment.

It is not easy work.  And not every story is a success story.  But for 30 years, we have been absolutely committed to helping our homeless neighbors move on to more productive, self-sufficient lives.

Second LUM Shelter (1987-1995)
Second LUM Shelter (1987-1995)

I hope you will join me in supporting this important work with your dollars…

  • $250 will operate our shelter for one day.
  • $100 cover the costs of our case management services for one day.
  • $50 will provide food, drink, and personal grooming items for our 280 overnight guests each week.
  • A gift of $1,000 will pay the shelter’s heat, water and electric bills for one month.
  • $500 will cover our shelter’s monthly maintenance, repair and fire protection costs.

Your gift to the LUM emergency shelter program will celebrate thirty years of serving the homeless with dignity and compassion.  It will keep our doors open in the here and now, help our guests to become more self-sufficient – and it will assure that this important work continues into the future.

As we search for new ways to reunite our guests with the support of family and friends, help equip them for employment in a shifting economy and search for better avenues for mental health and addiction services, your help is needed more than ever.

Current LUM Shelter (1995-present)
Current LUM Shelter (1995-present)

Perhaps you’ve been part of this remarkable effort by serving as a volunteer case manager, overnight shelter volunteer or volunteer meal provider.  Perhaps you’ve been supportive through your prayers or words of encouragement. My hope is that you will join me now in supporting the LUM shelter program with a generous financial gift.

Place mail your check in or give online at www.lumserve.org.


Gratefully,
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Joe Micon
Executive Director
Lafayette Urban Ministry


P.S. — Help us to celebrate 30 years of shelter ministry at LUM. Your gift of $50, $100, $250, $500 or $1,000 will allow us to help the homeless in our community move off the streets, out of our shelter and into a home of their own.  Please, may we hear from you today? Give online at www.lumserve.org.



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Concerning a Fair Wage


June 2014



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Concerning a Fair Wage by Joe Micon, LUM executive director


It is our practice at LUM’s homeless shelter to give admission preferences to guests who have jobs. Often, the work schedules of those individuals makes it difficult for them to pick up an entrance pass or check-in during the appointed times – so we bend the rules for them a bit. We think work is a good thing and try not to place unintended barriers in the way of our guest’s employment.

We keep pretty close tabs on who of our guests are employed and who are not. So imagine my surprise to observe recently that more than one-third of LUM’s homeless guests are employed at least part-time. This wasn’t just a one day snapshot. A full one-third of our guests are employed now on any given day of the year. If this is the case at LUM’s shelter, I would suspect other shelters around our state and nation are also serving large percentages of the employed homeless.

This is just the latest extension of what is now all too common and routine at LUM. We have become a ministry that serves primarily those who work – because what they are paid isn’t nearly enough to meet their basic needs.

  • LUM provides subsidized after school and summer child care for children of working parents.
  • LUM, with our partner St. John’s Episcopal Church, provides food for many, many individuals who work but can’t afford to feed themselves and their families.
  • LUM provides emergency financial aid for rent and utility assistance to primarily working clients through our Good Samaritan Fund.
  • LUM’s Tax Assistance Program served just under 2,000 workers this year.
  • And now, a growing percentage of those in our homeless shelter are there because their jobs don’t pay enough to cover the cost of their own housing.

So here are the questions I wrestle with a lot these days…..

  • If the living wage for a single parent and two children in Lafayette (according to a 2014 MIT study) is $22.79, is it fair and just that our minimum wage remains at $7.25?
  • Wouldn’t it be more dignified for workers to earn a fair wage for their work and rely less on tax funded public assistance programs like food stamps and rent subsidies (or on the generosity of places like LUM, for that matter)?
  • Is it fair for taxpayers to continue to subsidize the profits of employers who aren’t paying their employees enough to get by?
  • Wouldn’t our entire economy be stronger, and businesses fair better, if we had a healthy middle class that had greater ability to purchase goods and services?

Now that the numbers of jobs in our community and beyond are on the climb, it seems as if we must begin the more difficult discussions of how to pay our employees a wage that allows them to live, learn and grow to their fullest God-given potential. There seems to be something inherently wrong when even hard work doesn’t give you a quick ticket out of a homeless shelter.


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Live-In Shelter Coordinator Needed — Immediate Opening


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Position Opening: LUM Live-in Shelter Coordinator


The Lafayette Urban Ministry Emergency Homeless Shelter has an opening for a Volunteer Live-in Coordinator.  

Volunteer Live-in Coordinator’s benefits include efficiency apartment, utilities, cable, phone, internet, meals, laundry facilities and a $400 monthly stipend.

Volunteer Live-in Coordinator is on duty 8:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m., Sunday through Thursday; sleeps those nights from 11:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m.; and is available for consultation throughout the night.  

Volunteer Live-in Coordinator supervises shelter guests, and directs and oversees the work of shelter volunteers. 

Interested persons should email or call the Shelter Director, Joyce Fasani (jfasani@lumserve.org | 765.423.2691).

Please share this position announcement with qualified individuals.

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New Mattresses for the LUM Shelter


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The LUM Emergency Shelter will soon have new mattresses in all 45 beds. Thanks to a grant from The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette, LUM was able to place an order for 45 new mattresses, mattress covers and pillow covers from Holder Bedding Inc.

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Adam Sechrest

As a result of LUM’s order, the Holder Bedding Inc. hired a new employee. To assist with the LUM mattress order, Holder Bedding hired Adam Sechrest. Adam is an Iraq War Veteran who was wounded in the line of duty. Adam joins Jonathan Fields, sales manager, and Merrick Steinmetz, production manager, in manufacturing the new mattresses for LUM at the Lafayette plant of the Holder Bedding Inc.

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Merrick Steinmetz and Jonathan Fields

Holder Bedding Inc. is a family-owned and operated business that has been making high quality mattresses in Lafayette since 1947.

The grant from The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette is having a tremendous positive impact locally – new mattresses in the LUM Emergency Shelter, increased business for Holder Bedding, and a new employment opportunity in our community.

LUM is grateful to The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette, Holder Bedding Inc., and their talented staff:

Adam Sechrest, Jonathan Fields, and Merrick Steinmetz.

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